Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Deb's Bake Shop

My friend, Deb, is a fantastic baker. I wanted to give her something for Christmas that had a baking theme. So, when I saw this cute gingerbread house at Hobby Lobby, I thought it was perfect, and I added her name to the little sign...
In my head, I planned to add the gingerbread house and a bottle brush tree that matched, to a large glass container I already had at home. Unfortunately I completely misjudged the size of the glass container! But, not to be defeated, I decided it would be cute added to a crate that I had...
Using the crate, allowed me a place to hand paint,
Deb's Bake Shop.
I also added some glitter to some snowflake buttons and glued them onto the crate...
I hope Deb loves it enough to bake me something yummy!
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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Moroccan Beauty

I have been painting furniture for 20 plus years. And it still excites and amazes me at what paint can do to a tired, outdated piece of furniture.
For example, this cabinet...
It's probably from the 70's. It has some unique Moroccan style designs that didn't show up well before it was painted.

I painted the entire piece with chalk paint from the Dixie Belle Paint Company using the color, Fluff.
Then I used a $3 "oops" paint from Lowe's to paint the back panel, the "faux" drawer fronts, and inside the designs on the doors.
I waxed and distressed the piece and  brought her back to life!
Now the detail really shows up! The design on the doors matches the fixed part of the pull...
and, also matches the scallop at the top...

Those details went unnoticed before the paint brought them out.
Isn't she a beauty?
What a difference paint makes!!!
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Embroidery Hoop Gift Card Holder

Gift cards have become a popular gift at Christmas time. This embroidery hoop project is a cute way to give a gift card and is easy to make. Hang it on your tree as an ornament and then the gift cards don't get lost under the tree!

Paint the outer piece of a 5 inch embroidery hoop with acrylic paint. You can also leave it natural if you prefer.

You could use fabric, but I chose to use scrapbook paper for this gift card holder.
Trace around the inner hoop onto one of the pieces of scrapbook paper...

Cut out the circle about 1/4 inch larger than what is drawn...

Cut slits in the paper up to the pencil line. This will make the paper easier to fold around the hoop.

Repeat these steps on the second piece of paper. But, this piece should be half of a circle...

Add tacky glue around the inner hoop and fold the first circle around the inner hoop.


Repeat for the half circle...

Add the outer hoop...

You could stop there, but why? Let's add some embellishments. I added 3 small silver stars...

I painted 3 wooden letters with the same red acrylic paint and then glued them onto the stars...

I glued on a piece of ric rac...

I finished it off with ribbon so it could be hung from the tree...


The recipient will appreciate that you took the time to make a "not so personal" gift a little more special.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY Altered Readers Digest Books

Someone recently gave me a bunch of old Readers Digest books to use for craft projects. I used them to make vintage style books to be used as Christmas decor. I have to say that this is one of those projects (like so many) that I became a little obsessed with. Sometimes I just can't stop myself, and if one turns out cute, then 12 or so might be even more cute! Well, actually, I didn't make quite that many yet.

Here's how I did it...

I covered the book cover with 2 coats of gesso...

I picked images from the Graphics Fairy website that I wanted for the books and printed them out on regular computer paper. If you use an image with writing, you'll need to print it in reverse.

I coated the front cover of the book with Mod Podge and then laid the image down onto the book...


I used a hotel key card to press the paper firmly onto the book.
You have to work quickly or the paper is difficult to peel up.

Slowly peel the paper off of the book...

If part of the image doesn't transfer, or some of the paper sticks to the book, don't worry, that just adds to the vintage charm once the next step is complete.

Next, I took some dark brown wax and rubbed it over the book with a rag. Anywhere paper is left will be a little darker which enhances the aged appearance.



It would be perfectly fine left as is, but what is Christmas without a little sparkle?!!! So, I added a light coat of Mod Podge, then sprinkled the book with glitter...


It's just the right touch...



Remember, I said I was a little obsessed, so here are a couple more...


For something a little different, I added red and green glitter to this one. Then I glued on a bow I made using a strip of fabric and added a small candy cane


These books are so much fun to make! I think I'll go make a few dozen more!

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